The bulk of our latest issue deals with products under scrutiny for possibly containing PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals.” PFAS refers to a group of chemicals (per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances) that are used in a variety of consumer products as a cost-effective way to make them resistant to sweat, water and grease. Unfortunately for consumers, exposure to the chemicals has been linked to a number of serious health problems, including decreased fertility, an increased risk of certain cancers, reduced immune response and hormone interference.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are now looking into whether a lawsuit can be filed against Spanx over the possible presence of PFAS in its leggings. Seventh Generation, Tampax and O.B. brands are also under investigation as attorneys have reason to believe that PFAS are being used in certain menstrual products. Plus, Burger King is facing a new lawsuit this week that alleges the company uses PFAS in its fast-food packaging. And, to round things out, we have a lawsuit claiming that certain Burt’s Bees lip products aren’t as natural as the company claims. Keep reading for all this and more.
Do certain Spanx leggings contain PFAS? That’s what attorneys working with ClassAction.org are currently looking into, as lawsuits continue to mount against companies allegedly exposing their customers to toxic chemicals. Specifically, attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into whether PFAS are present in Spanx’s Look at Me Now high-waisted seamless leggings, Mama Look at Me Now seamless leggings, and EcoCare seamless leggings. If PFAS are detected, a class action lawsuit could be filed to help consumers get back some of the money they paid for their leggings. Legal action could also force Spanx to change the way it markets its leggings by disclosing any PFAS found to be present in the clothing. If you purchased any of the Spanx leggings mentioned here, you may be able to help get a class action lawsuit started. To learn more about your rights and how you can take action, head on over to this page.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are also looking into whether certain tampons, maxi pads and pantiliners contain toxic PFAS chemicals and, if so, whether a class action lawsuit could be filed. Attorneys are specifically interested in hearing from individuals who purchased any of the following products: Seventh Generation Free and Clear maxi pads (regular), Seventh Generation Free and Clear pantiliners, Tampax Pure unscented tampons (super), and O.B. organic tampons with plant-based applicator (regular). PFAS in menstrual products are particularly concerning as the chemicals have been linked to decreased fertility and are known to accumulate in the body and contaminate breast milk. If filed and successful, a class action lawsuit could help consumers get back some of their money and force the manufacturers to change the way they market their products by, for instance, including a disclosure if PFAS chemicals are present. If you bought any of the products listed here, share your story with us over on this page.
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Mirroring a recent case against McDonald’s, a proposed class action has been filed against Burger King over the alleged presence of PFAS in its fast-food packaging. Filed on the heels of another suit claiming the food inside the packaging doesn’t live up to the company’s advertisements, this new case alleges that the packaging itself is loaded with synthetic PFAS chemicals. The suit contends that the use of forever chemicals, including in the Whopper’s packaging, makes the food unsafe, unfit for human consumption and unsustainable given PFAS have well-known health and environmental effects. The case goes on to state that Burger King has failed to inform consumers at any point that its food packaging contains PFAS, which have been linked to liver damage, cancer, fertility issues and other health problems. Want more? You can find all the details here.
This last story isn’t about PFAS, but it still deals with the alleged use of unnatural ingredients. A recently filed proposed class action is claiming Burt’s Bees has intentionally mislabeled a slew of its lip products as “100% natural” given the items contain hydrogenated oils or coco-glycerides, which are generally considered to be synthetic. The case alleges that Burt’s Bees knows consumers are willing to pay extra for all-natural cosmetics and chose to advertise products containing synthetic ingredients as “100% natural” to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers. For a list of products named in the lawsuit, as well as a breakdown of the allegations, head on over to this page.
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